Archive for the ‘Family Portraits’ Category

Celebration of Smiles, April 2014

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Once again, I’m proud to participate in a charitable portrait promotion called Celebration of Smiles. For a minimum donation of $24, you will receive the gift of a mini-session and a 5×7 portrait. 100% of your donation goes to Operation Smile, which can repair a cleft lip or palate for as little as $240. You can read more about the event and charity via this link.

Only available during the month of April, you can schedule your mini portrait session by calling 612-382-2867.

Celebration of Smiles at Jesse Valley Photography

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

DON’T MISS OUR SPECIAL “CELEBRATION OF SMILES” PROMOTION!

April 18–20th, Jesse Valley Photography will participate with an elite group of photographers around the country in a very special portrait promotion. During that time we will be providing a wonderful opportunity for you to update portraits of yourself and any family members you wish. In doing so, you will help to support Operation Smile, which provides free surgeries for children around the world who suffer with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

Along with other members of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), we are offering the gift of an individual portrait session and a desk-size portrait in exchange for a $24 donation to PPA Charities, which has chosen Operation Smile as its charitable partner. For every 10 individuals we photograph, another child will receive the gift of surgery! It costs as little as $240 for Operation Smile’s medical volunteers to provide a life-saving surgery that can take as little as 45 minutes. One hundred percent of each donation will go to Operation Smile.

We also believe that our Celebration of Smiles event is a wonderful way to teach children the value of reaching out to others. Even small children can understand the importance of Operation Smile’s work, and they are eager to help these needy children. We hope you will join with us in helping to make this vital work possible, and we promise to create a portrait that you will treasure.

To schedule your session appointment, which will take place at the Rose Garden at Lake Harriet, please call us today at 612/382.2867.

Bark at Art PhotoBooth

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

The Bark at Art poster opening was a great event, and I had a lot of fun manning the PhotoBooth, seeing all the pets, and seeing the different posters. It was a beautiful evening, and this is what the subjects saw as they clicked their pictures (see all the photos from the event by clicking here):

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The following is a time-lapse video I made from the pictures:

I have posted the pictures I took of the event here. As an added bonus for The Pet Project, I am donating the proceeds from any print sales.

As a quick aside, I love how much fun the little girl had with the PhotoBooth, and I can imagine that it would be a big hit at children’s birthday parties (give me a call if you are interested: 612-382-2867).

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Thank you to all of the vendors who contributed to the event, and especially to all the people and pets that came out to the opening. I have also teamed up with the Pet Project for my annual Portraits with Pets event. You can read more about it (and schedule a pet session), by clicking here.

Family Portrait Month at Jesse Valley Photography

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Family portrait sessions are fun and memorable at Jesse Valley Photography. Whether at your home or a favorite park, we’ll capture your family laughing and interacting together. You can even include your pet! These artful and candid memories are perfect for holiday cards, gifts for grandparents and custom art for your home.

They say it’s better to give than to receive, so why not do both?

Enjoy giving and receiving in October during Family Portrait Month. For every family session booked, we’ll give a $50 donation to Operation Smile and you’ll receive $50 off your session.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR SESSION:

Because of a busy wedding season this fall, weekend sessions are very limited. Call 612.382.2867 ASAP with your calendar and credit card handy. To reserve your session, you’ll pay the $100 session fee (normally $150) and $200 deposit. Weekday sessions can be at any location within 20 miles of Minneapolis. Or if you would like a weekend session, choose your location and date below:

October 2 at Westwood Nature Center (morning sessions only)

October 9 at Minnehaha Falls (morning sessions only)

October 15 or 16 at Lake Harriet Rose Garden

October 22 or 23 at the MN Landscape Arboretum

October 29 or 30 at St. Anthony/Main

To see more of my portraiture, please visit my portfolio by clicking here.

Minneapolis Maternity and New Born Photography | Kelsey & Jake + Baby Brody

Friday, March 25th, 2011

I went to church and high school with Jake (he was even an usher in my wedding), and Jesse Valley Photography (JVP) photographed his Minneapolis wedding to Kelsey in 2007. Needless to say, it was very exciting to hear that they were expecting a baby!  They asked me to get some pregnancy pictures for them, so I brought my camera and lights to their house for a maternity session.

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I love the portrait directly above, because it reminds me of a maternity version of American Gothic. Also, we found out that Kelsey often stood that way and used her belly as a shelf.

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I love how their dog Shelby rested her head so sweetly on Kelsey’s belly—it doesn’t get much cuter than that. And their other dog Toby wanted in on the photo action, too.

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Not long after their session, and in an ironic twist, they would find out after the delivery that the bun in their oven was a boy—not a girl, like they thought! And he was named Brody. Here are some portraits from his new born session:

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Congrats you guys! You have an adorable little family. Thank you for having me photograph it!

Wanted: Models for upcoming exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Jesse Valley Photography is teaming up with the Science Museum of Minnesota to mount a permanent exhibit looking at early childhood development (0–5 years old). The exhibit will include some of my photography on large banners that showcase children of various ethnic backgrounds. So I’m holding a model call this weekend for ethnically diverse children.

Bring in your kids and get a FREE family photo session—a $150 value—and more!

If you have ethnic children (age 0–5 years, black, Latino, Asian, Indian, Native American, mixed) or know someone who does, I’d like to have them in for a free photo session this coming weekend (October 23rd and 24th). In addition to the free session, you’ll also get a free 11×14 portrait ($105 value) and 2 free tickets to the Science Museum ($22 value). The only thing you have to do is sign a model release form that allows the Science Museum to use my photos in their display.

See your child’s face on display at the Science Museum

Please call me at 612-382-2867 to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. And forward this message to any of your friends who have or might know someone who has ethnically diverse children. I’d like to see you this weekend.

Thank you!

To see some samples of my baby and children photography, click this link.

October is Family Portrait Month at Jesse Valley Photography

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

They say it’s better to give than to receive. Why not do both?

Enjoy giving and receiving in October during Family Portrait Month. For every family session booked, we’ll give a $50 donation to Operation Smile and you’ll receive $50 off your session.

Family portrait sessions are fun and memorable at Jesse Valley Photography. Whether at your home or a favorite park, we’ll capture your family laughing and interacting together. You can even include your pet! These artful and candid memories are perfect for holiday cards, gifts for grandparents and custom art for your home.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR SESSION:

Call 612.382.2867 with your calendar and credit card handy. To reserve your session, you’ll pay the $100 session fee (normally $150) and $200 deposit. Weekday sessions can be at any location within 20 miles of Minneapolis. Or if you would like a weekend session, choose your location and time below (between 9 am and 5 pm):

October 10 at Westwood Nature Center

October 16 or 17 at Lake Harriet

October 23 or 24 at Minnehaha Falls

October 30 at St. Anthony-Main

To see more of my portraiture, please visit my portfolio by clicking here.

Portraits With Pets at Jesse Valley Photography

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

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Have you ever wanted to have a family portrait taken with your beloved pet? “Portraits With Pets” is an opportunity to have portraits taken of—and with—your pets. The entire $50 session fee (regular price is $100) from each photo session will be donated to MARS (Midwest Animal Rescue & Services). These hour long sessions will take place the following two weekends in September:

September 11 and 12 from 9 am–5 pm at Oak Hill Park in St. Louis Park.

September 18 and 19 from 9 am–5 pm at Lake Harriet.

All sessions need to be reserved in advance. Sessions are on a first call, first reserve basis. So call today to reserve your session—612-382-2867. For your convenience, your portraits will be available for online ordering.

To see some images from last year’s event, click here.
To see more of my pet photography, click here.

Free photo session. Custom card designs. Instant gratification.

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Announcing a special offer that will make your season brighter.

But only for a limited time.

On December 5 and 12, you can take advantage of this special offer:

• $25 for a one-hour photo session (FREE when you order 50 or more holiday cards)

• Review photos on the spot and select your favorite

• Choose from several custom card designs to go with your photo (see a small sample of the designs below)

Your custom cards will be ready to pick up the following Wednesday. Plus, your portraits will be posted online for 48 hours after your session for you to view and order additional prints from home.

Sessions start each Saturday at 9 AM, and each available time slot must be reserved in advance by prepaying the $25 session fee (if you order 50 or more holiday cards, the session fee will become a credit toward your purchase). The minimum card order is 25, and they are $2.35 per card.

Make this season extra special. Call 612-382-2867 to prepay your session fee and reserve a session today.

The following is just a small sample of the many custom card designs that you can choose from:

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October is Family Portrait Month

Monday, October 5th, 2009

They say it’s better to give than to receive. Why not do both?

Enjoy giving and receiving in October during Family Portrait Month. For every family session booked, we’ll give a $50 donation to Operation Smile and you’ll receive $50 off your session.

Two additional ways to save:

1. Dine at Vescio’s. Since we’re celebrating families this month, what better way to enjoy yours than to share a meal together. Save an additional $25 when you eat at Vescio’s restaurant in October (St. Louis Park location). Just bring us your receipt!

2. Tell a friend. Family Portrait month is a great deal (and a good cause). So shout it from the rooftops! Tell all your friends, family and co-workers. For every referral who becomes a customer, you’ll be rewarded with a $35 credit at the studio.

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Family portrait sessions are fun and memorable at Jesse Valley Photography. Whether at your home or a favorite park, we’ll capture your family laughing and interacting together. You can even include your pet! These artful and candid memories are perfect for holiday cards, gifts for grandparents and custom art for your home.

Call 612.382.2867 to book your session today!